Summer is supposed to be fun for the whole family. That being said, the last thing you want to do is frantically search for an “urgent care near me” because one of your little ones spent a little too much time outside without the protection of sunscreen.
And even if you do provide the most diligent at-home care, your child may be visiting friends or at summer camp and experience the damaging impact of a harsh summer sun.
So, what’s a parent to do? Keep reading to learn some of the ways you can provide the best sun protection for your little one this year.
Chances are that you can spend more time outdoors in the sun without wearing sun protection than your little one can. There’s a reason for that. Your child’s skin is different from yours and requires a different level of care. For best protection, make sure that you purchase – and APPLY — specially formulated sunscreen creams for kids that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF rating of 30 or above.
Another way to avoid searching for an emergency room in Waco after a hot Texas day is to keep out of the sun between the 10:00 in the morning and 3:30 in the afternoon. These are prime hours for the most intense UV rays, even if it’s not extremely hot outside. Instead of planning outdoor time, instead choose indoor activities like lunch, naps, and reading. If you do find that you need to be out during these peak skin-damaging hours, try to keep your little one’s skin covered with breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. And don’t forget the hat!
When it comes to summer, kids will run, play, and sweat. And when your child sweats, there’s a good chance he or she will develop prickly heat from clogged sweat glands. The best prevention is to make sure that your child takes a fresh-water bath or shower after being outside. If you see a rash develop, you can treat it with calamine lotion. However, if the condition worsens, it could be a sign of a more serious condition, and a trip to Express ER in Waco can help in its diagnosis and treatment.